Digital Capital Advisors LLC— The investment bank brought in Elgin Thompson as a managing director. Thompson, who specializes in transactions relating to online video platforms, advertising technology, video games and eCommerce, will be based in Digital Capital's New York headquarters. He has advised several major media companies, including AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL), Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB), Groupon inc. (Nasdaq: GRPN) and Nielsen Hldg NV (NYSE: NLSN). He joins DCA from Macrum Cronus Partners where he led digital media coverage. He previously held roles at Williams Capital, Bear Stearns and Merrill Lynch.
England & Co. — The Washington, D.C.-based investment bank has formed a unit dedicated to M&A in the aerospace, defense and government services sector. England & Co.'s has enlisted financial services veteran Edward Bersoff to serve as a senior adviser in the newly formed practice, and more hires are expected. Bersoff has more than three decades of experience as a corporate executive and deal adviser. He is currently the national chair of both the Professional Services Council and the American Electronics Association. Previously, Bersoff was chairman of information technology company ATS Corp. In 1982, Bersoff founded BTG Inc., a government-focused information systems company. He took it public in 1994 and served as CEO until he sold it to Titan Corp. for $142 million in 2001. He went on to be managing director of Jeffries/Quarterdeck Investment Partners LLC and, in 2005, founded what would become ATS. He sold the McClean, Virginia company to Salient Federal Solutions for $73 million in 2012. Bersoff is also chairman of Greenwich Associates LLC, an advisory and consulting firm in Northern Virginia, which he founded in 2003. Craig England, who founded the firm in 2012, is slated to lead the new aerospace and defense segment.
Genstar Capital Management LLC — The San Francisco private equity firm tapped Gretchen Robinson as vice president of investor relations, a newly created role. Robinson joins Genstar from independent global asset manager Capital Dynamics Inc., which she joined in 2008 and most recently served as a vice president in investment management. While at Capital Dynamics, she was a Genstar limited partner and was responsible for more than $500 million of commitments and relationships with 35+ leading private equity and venture capital managers, and fundraised for the firm’s most recent buyout fund and venture capital fund of funds.
K&L Gates LLP — C. Todd Gibson joins the law firm as an investment management partner. He will be based in K&L's Boston and Pittsburgh offices. Gibson joins K&L Gates from Reed Smith LLP. Focusing his practice on international investment management and globally distributed fund products, Gibson advises investment managers, broker-dealers, hedge funds, and private equity funds on regulatory compliance matters, investment management services, and the sale of pooled investment products.
Kirkland & Ellis International LLP —Stephen Lucas is joining the London law office as a partner in the debt finance practice group. Lucas represents sponsors, financial institutions, funds and corporations on financings, including leveraged finance, structured debt and restructurings. Lucas joins Kirkland from the London office of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP. He has advised on several notable deals, including the 2009 restructuring of industrial-bearing maker Schaeffler AG.
Moelis & Co. (NYSE: MC) — Maarten de Jong is slated to join the New York investment bank in August as a managing director. Previously, de Jong was an investment banker in the life sciences sector with Barclays plc (LON: BARC). He focuses on pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and diagnostics.
Moye White LLP — The Denver law firm hired Lynne Hanson and Craig Knobbe as partners. Both attorneys were previously of counsel with Ballard Spahr LLP. Hanson specializes in franchising and distribution regulatory law and has represented franchisors in both regulatory and transactional matters for more than 20 years. She also serves as a board member and counsel for nonprofit Cocktails for a Cause Inc. Knobbe’s practice focuses on franchise and distribution, real estate and corporate law. He represents franchisors in matters relating to franchise registration and disclosure laws and corporate and real estate matters.
Nixon Peabody LLP — Sean Hayes, previously a partner at Dentons US LLP, is the latest addition to the Boston law firm's private equity team. Hayes counsels private equity firms and financial institutions on cross-border strategy and fund formation. Nixon Peabody also hired Edward Ughetta to represent private equity and venture fund sponsors. He helps private equity, mezzanine, distressed debt and other sponsor groups navigate fundraising, investments and internal administrative matters.
Paul Hastings LLP — The law firm has added John Nowak, a former branch chief in the enforcement division at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, to its New York headquarters. Nowak joins Paul Hastings as of counsel. He was most recently deputy chief of the business and securities fraud section of the U.S. Attorney’s office in Brooklyn, New York.
Pritzker Group Private Capital — The Chicago private equity firm enlisted Bill Denton as a senior adviser on the manufactured products operations team where he will work closely with portfolio firm Milestone AV Technologies, a designer and distributor of mounting equipment for the audio-visual market, which Pritzker acquired in 2013. Denton, current chairman of Wind Point Partners-backed Knape & Vogt Manufacturing Co., is the former CEO of Fiskars Brands Inc., a manufacturer of consumer products. Before that, he spent 25 years with Newell Rubbermaid Inc. (NYSE: NWL) in senior executive roles. The firm also named Chris Trick as a vice president in the investment group where he will assist in sourcing deals. Trick began his career as an investment banking analyst with Robert W. Baird & Co. and went on to be an associate with KRG Capital Partners.
Willis Capital Markets & Advisory — The insurance investment banking division of Willis Group Holdings has assigned Rafal Walkiewicz to be managing director. Walkiewicz spent 10 years in the financial institutions group of Goldman Sachs & Co. (NYSE: GS), focusing on the insurance space. Prior to that, he was chief executive of BMT Financial Services. Some of the major deals Walkiewicz worked on include the $16.2 billion sale of Alico Inc. (Nasdaq: ALCO) to MetLife Inc. (NYSE: MET); ACE’s $2.4 billion acquisition of Aon’s Combined Insurance and the $865 million sale of Ally Financial’s Mexican P&C insurance business ABA Seguros to ACE Ltd. (NYSE: ACE).